How to Check CPU overheating and GPU Stress Test with FurMark

 21 Sep, 2021

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Many tools are offering CPU and GPU benchmarking in windows 10 and windows 11. These software results are very reliable and can really push your system hardware harder. If your PC is overclocked, we recommend using software like 3DMark to see if the temperature is pushing out of the limit you want and frame rates are dropping or stable.

FurMark may look similar to other tools but the reality is this software is more of a stress test than a benchmarking tool. The difference between other software and FurMark is will push your system hardware like CPU and GPU harder to accelerate more power. It’s a good way of testing to see if your graphics card (GPU) and CPU is stable while playing powerful games.

If you have a doubt about the graphic card not performing to its limits, FurMark is the best software to find a quick answer. It will push your graphic card limits and also be a good way of testing your GPU’s heat. This software tests GPU limits and stability and will give you a clear idea if you may need to upgrade the PC cooling system.

How to Use FurMark

1: First, download and install FurMark

2: Once it’s downloaded and installed successfully you’ll see various settings to choose from. You should not touch any of the settings. For a regular GPU test, all you have to do is just press the GPU STRESS TEST button.

3: Before you run the test, it’s important to look after the temperature warning. Click on “Settings” and tick the “GPU temperature alarm” box, which will warn you if the temperatures hit a set limit by the user.

4: If you are going to launch a default stress test, you can choose the resolution you usually run games at, click on the relevant stress test like “Present:2160(4K.UHD)” or any other option you like under the “GPU benchmarks” menu.

You will see a giant multi color round shape fur will appear on the screen. It will look old fashioned and scary but nothing to worry about. When you see this screen, this means, the test has begun.

focus on the temperature section, it will slowly increase the power usage of your GPU. You can also see the GPU temperature will be slowly increasing. This test normally lasts for 30 minutes, if your computer or laptop manages to run this test for 30 minutes, without giving you any warning sign, that means your graphic card is fine and performing as it should.

5: Keep an eye on the top left corner for the GPU temperature, the same temperature shows at the bottom of the screen. ideally, it should stay between 75C to 85C.

While running the stress test, you may or may not notice signs related to struggling GPU.

The first and very common sign of hardware problem is FurMark crashing or making your PC crash like the blue screen of death, the display goes blank or the PC turns off completely. If this happens it means you need to check your system hardware, it could be anything between graphic card, powers supply (PSU) or other hardware issues.

If your graphics card is not overclocked and hitting 90C to 95C during a stress test, you definitely look to improve the cooling system in your PC or laptop. it could be like installing thermal pasting on the GPU, cleaning or changing GPU and system fans or probably improving the overall PC cooling system.

Can FurMark Damage GPU?

FurMark is a stress software to check the health of your GPU. It does push GPU harder than most games do. It doesn’t damage your GPU since it’s going to check the stability and capability of your it. This software will give you certain warning and alarms if GPU hit the certain temperature during the test. This meaning something is already wrong with your GPU which needs to be solved.

is FurMark a Virus?

Well, most of the people over the years has given FurMark a name called “heat virus” as well as by GPU manufacturers. Some people have expressed concern about how harder it pushes the limit of the GPU.

We have used this software professionally and it has helped us a lot to understand the issue going on with GPUs. So the answer is “No“, it’s not a virus. This software creates a situation to check the faults in your GPU instead of testing its performance.

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